By Mark Smith

29th Dec, 2022 | 8:55pm

Leeds United ready to pay £10m+ for Max Wober as risk needed for transfer

Leeds United are ready to pay more than £10million to sign RB Salzburg defender Max Wober in the January transfer window, according to Peter Linden.

The journalist has reported that the Austrian international would be taking a big risk with a move to Elland Road, as he would be faced by a relegation battle for the first time in his career.

Jesse Marsch is said to have personally contacted his former defender ahead of the January window, with talks already progressing on both sides.

Writing on his own website with an update after the 2-0 defeat against Manchester City, Linden shared the latest on transfer developments between the two parties.

“You can understand why Marsch wants to get his former protégé Wöber from Salzburg, Leeds is willing to pay a double-digit million contribution,” he wrote.

“With the change, Austria’s team player is taking the risk of going into the championship.”

Needed.

Based on the evidence of the 3-1 defeat against Manchester City which should have been much more, defensive reinforcements are desperately called for.

A new left-back is needed, one that is a specialist there, so if Wober does arrive, another defender is still needed at Elland Road for Marsch and his team.

Liam Cooper and Robin Koch were nothing short of disastrous on Wednesday, with their work on the ball nearly as bad as their work off it when marking Erling Haaland.

If he was at 100%, he could have taken home two match balls, and that kamikaze defending needs to be stomped out sooner rather than later or relegation really is on the cards.

Right now, there should be confidence that there are worst teams in the Premier League than the Whites with Everton, Southampton, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest not looking great.

If this is the first of many transfers, we would be happy, but it can not be another square peg in a round hole at Elland Road, we have too many of those already.

In other Leeds United news, Jeff Stelling has predicted a tight result in the trip to Newcastle